- Arca

Arca - Arca
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Rank: #6 / 352
USER SCORE
79
Based on
261 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Amazon
iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

With its eerie silences, foreboding chords and hymnal chanting, Arca’s third record really does manage to erect a sonic cathedral around your ears.

100
Crack Magazine

Transmuting the hopelessly bittersweet suffering and anguish of life into blindsiding art, Arca has crafted the best album of the year so far.

91
A.V. Club

Arca sees one of this generation’s most forward-thinking electronic musicians shift the focus from humanity at large to his own worries, with a relatable human openness.

90
PopMatters

At this point, it is not an exaggeration to suggest that Arca is one of the most vital and consequential voices in electronic music this generation has seen.

86
Resident Advisor

The symbiotic relationship between Ghersi's voice and his productions is one of Arca's biggest achievements.

85
Pitchfork

The more Alejandro Ghersi gives of himself, the larger his music as Arca grows. His latest feels both intimate and expansive, a connection between his melodic past and a chaotic future.

85
The Line of Best Fit

On his new self-titled album, Alejandro Ghersi, the sonic visionary behind Arca, fluidly transitions from the adventurous electronic dissonance of his previous work into a somber, refined sound that fuses elegance with emotion.

83
Consequence of Sound

Though it contains his most serene music by a stretch, Arca is the epitome of that warring nature, reaching for his innermost self to attempt at finding a balance.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Give the best pieces here — i.e. the first six tracks — some fair time on good headphones and it’s disturbing in the best and strangest ways: a pitch-black digital blanket for fierce but dying contempt and sorrow.

82
GIGsoup

‘Arca’ is an enthralling marriage of the cyborg swirl of his arrangements and the disarming intimacy of his singing.

80
Loud and Quiet

The whole effect is something that’s the very opposite of escapist, but rather reflective and deeply personal. ‘Arca’ is an album that’s also a prison – a place where you’re trapped in Ghersi’s compelling, claustrophobic world.

80
Exclaim!

This back-and-forth is carried along throughout Arca, demonstrating that Ghersi hasn't lost his fondness for tempered electronic cacophony (see "Castration" and "Whip"), but has expanded his palette, to mind-bendingly gorgeous results.

80
Clash

Through ‘Arca’, Ghersi guides the listener to contort and cry their way through otherworldly, synthetic dimensions.

80
AllMusic

As always, Ghersi pushes his boundaries on Arca, and the vulnerability he displays makes it some of his most exciting and moving music yet.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Arca presents its artist as an icon and publicly visible figure, no longer obscured or represented by Jesse Kanda’s avatars.

75
The 405

It’s a challenging but rewarding listen which uncovers itself most rewardingly when given full attention on a dark and melancholic night.

Apr 7, 2017
Jer
90
Ethereal. haunting, emotional. Arca's new album is a huge departure from his previous Mutant. Its slower and feels more serious. But his efforts are not wasted. This is easily one of the best albums this year and is absolutely worth a listen.

Favorite: Piel, Saunter, Castration
Least Favorite: Whip, Fugaces
Apr 14, 2017*
BuffaloStaple
83
EDIT: ayyyy it just grew on me!

I think this album is really cool, a very unique listen that takes the experimental sounds of Arca's last few albums and translates them to the genre of art-pop pretty effectively. These tracks are personal, intimate and unsettling, the haunting nature of these sparse instrumentals and Arca's tortured singing voice keeps the album engaging. However, the album falls apart a little bit in it's second half, I love tracks 1-6, not a single song there I don't enjoy, ... read more
Apr 7, 2017
EMR
58
Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi's exploration of sexuality and ambivalence on his Arca moniker is brought to a new level of intimacy and even exploitation on his new release, self-titled. During these thirteen sparse, skeletal tunes, Ghersi is found presenting a whole new facet to his already surprising brand of glitchy electronic-music: vocals. As we follow him through these surreal, abstract corridors and soundscapes once again, Ghersi slowly reveals intimate traces of his personality, ... read more
Apr 10, 2017
vas_y_vienes
86
He seguido la carrera de Ghersi desde las épocas de Nuuro pero nunca llegué a conectar del todo con sus propuestas. Bueno, hasta ahora.
Entiendo al nuevo disco autotitulado como su propuesta más compleja, uniendo sus orígenes raciales y su faceta de productor de alcance global. Al notar su cadencia vocal los oyentes latinos recordarán a algunos de los tristes baladistas que las abuelitas solían idolatrar; por otro lado, la producción nos lleva ... read more
Apr 8, 2017
MarkCooper
75
I love Arca as a producer, but always preferred his shorter mixtapes to his often-meandering LP's. After this, I still prefer his music in smaller doses, but I definitely would consider this his best album. It's more intimate, with more vocals, and wider soundscapes.
More user reviews
Perfume Genius - No Shape

Perfume Genius

No Shape

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk

Vulnicura

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly

FKA Twigs - LP1

FKA Twigs

LP1

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead

A Moon Shaped Pool

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

FKA Twigs - M3LL155X

FKA Twigs

M3LL155X



Added on: February 22, 2017